Council signs off on $8M contract for new Ellington pump station

The St. Charles Parish Council unanimously approved an $8.2 million contract for the latest component of the West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee project.

Sealevel Construction of Thibodaux was awarded the contract for the project at the Nov. 12 council meeting. From the date of notice to proceed, the company has 500 calendar days to complete the work.

The project will provide flood protection to about 536 residences, 25 businesses and 13 public buildings in the Ellington watershed area, according to the contract.

The project engineer, Burk-Keinpeter, accepted bids on the pump station on Oct. 9 and recommended awarding it to the lowest bidder, which was Sealevel.

The contract calls for installing the new drainage pump station with four 250-horsepower electric motors, a standby generator, station concrete structure, access road, intake channel, discharge piping and basin, and automated bar screen cleans.

The project is in intergovernmental agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development under the statewide Flood Control Construction Program to provide 70 percent of the construction costs or up to $5.6 million.

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